Amazon Prime Video has mastered one thing, that is making the best web series on Indian stories. Be it Mirzapur or Paatal Lok, these web series have been made so beautifully that the audience watches them again and again. Even their small clips go viral, memes are made of them and they also become very popular. In this episode, he has now released another wonderful web series “Hush Hush” i.e. secretly, secretly, without making any noise. You may not get to see the noise of this web series anywhere except Amazon Prime Video, but if you miss or do not like watching this web series, then it will be counted among your big mistakes of this year. Excellent star cast, nice and tight story, very effective direction, attention to small things and ending on such a climax where there will be no expectation but waiting for the next season. Hush Hush is a web series whose theme is for adults only but still avoiding obscenity, unnecessary profanity, squid type violence, a web of human relations has been created in which you are trapped in slow motion Will go Must watch, do watch the whole on weekend.
Hush Hush is the story of two girls Ishi (who would later become Juhi Chawla) and her adopted and adopted younger sister Meera (who would later become Ayesha Julka) grew up in a girls’ orphanage. When it comes to adoption, Ishi sends Meera in her place, but the person adopting Meera physically abuses her. Years later, Ishi becomes a very dangerous, fast-paced, ambitious PR consultant in Delhi, who keeps getting projects passed for her clients by luring ministers and officials with money. Meera and her husband Satish get into debt because of their sick son and get a notice to vacate their orphanage and home. In such a situation, Ishi, with the help of one of her acquaintances, Vinayak, gets them a house and a building for the orphanage free of cost. Ishi’s speed is fast, she gives profit of crores and billions to big people and industrialists and herself also becomes very rich. Suddenly many cases are registered against Ishi and she has to run away from the country overnight, but before she can run away, she comes to know a secret and she commits suicide out of guilt. No one understands why he committed suicide. Nor do his Chandaal quartet friends Zaira (Shahana Goswami), Saiba (Soha Ali Khan), and Dolly (Kritika Kamra). Police Inspector Geeta (Karishma Tanna in a wonderful role) is given the responsibility of investigating his suicide. There are many layers to this case swinging between murder and suicide. Does the case get solved, does the real crime come to the fore, is everything in plain sight or is the mastermind behind the story playing all the tricks behind the scenes? If you want to know this, do watch Hush Hush on Amazon Prime Video.
The writers include Shikha Sharma, who is the producer but the main writer of this web series. and Ashish Mehta. Experienced writer like Juhi Chaturvedi has written its dialogues. The executive producer of the series is Tanuja Chandra who has returned to the screen after a long time. Tanuja has made women-oriented films like Sangharsh, Dushman, Sur, Qarib Qarib Single. There are amazingly successful people in Tanuja’s family. His mother Kamna is a noted writer and has written films like Prem Rog, 1942 A Love Story, Chandni and Qarib. Tanuja’s brother Vikram Chandra (not a NDTV journalist) is also a well-known author and one of his classics, “Sacred Games”, has become a hugely successful Netflix show. Tanuja’s sister is film critic Anupama Chopra, who is married to director Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The female characters of Tanuja’s films are very thoughtful, there are many layers in their characters, and the events in the lives of these characters are real rather than dramatic. Tanuja’s impression is in almost every character in Hush Hush and the funny thing is that in this series the male characters come for a short time but they do wonders in taking the story forward.
Juhi had an important role in Rishi Kapoor’s last film Sharmaji Namkeen and has become the central character of the story in Hush Hush. The character of Juhi, who works as a lobbyist behind the scenes of a PR agency, has been created with great care. It is also good to see Juhi’s acting that at least at some places she is acting without smiling and laughing. Shahana Goswami is in her circle of friends who is in the role of a dress designer. Others have family but I have my career. Shahana is a settled character of this series. Worried about the danger of her life, Soha Ali Khan, who is living a quiet life with her husband and children, was earlier a brave journalist. Juhi’s third friend, Kritika Kamra, is the daughter-in-law of a rich family, whose freedom is being controlled by her mother-in-law. All three have played their characters very well because each role, each dialogue has been written very thoughtfully. You do not find a single scene unnecessary, but somewhere you hope that this scene should have been written bigger so that you can see more. Baazi lekin maari hai Karishma Tanna who plays the role of Inspector Geeta Talehan. This is different from all the roles Karishma Tanna has done till now. Till now her image has been that of a low-intelligent, clumsy, model, but after hush hush, we will be forced to accept that it is the job of the director to get the actress out of work. Karishma Tanna is the pivot of the entire series. Thanks to him for his role, his acting and his underplay in this series. The series can be seen completely only for his work. Vibha Chhibber has become Karishma’s boss and ACP but she is a wonderful actress anyway. Ayesha Julka has also looked decent. Despite being Tanuja’s series, the characters of Nitish Kapoor (Kamya’s husband), Rajesh Agarwal (Ayesha Julka’s husband), Gaurav Dwivedi (Vinayak Sethi), Pankaj Singh Tiwari (Advait) and Benjamin Geelani turn the steering wheel of the entire story. Have taken the responsibility of living.
Along with Tanuja Chandra, Kopal Nathani and Ashish Pandey have also tried to direct some episodes and sequences. The team of writers and directors have created some beautiful scenes, which would be better if the audience sees and feels them rather than writing about them. When Shahana and Kritika reach the hospital after the attack on Soha’s husband, the whole scene after that is better than the best. Shahana’s fashion show is a wonderful tribute to her late friend. Each and every character seems to be true, that is, such characters do exist, we have seen them. There is no film stupidity. It is a story of high society of Gurugram but none of the characters are seen pretending to be rich. Everything is left for the viewers to understand themselves. When you as a writer or director don’t consider the audience a fool, your chances of success increase. Both Tanuja and the rest of the directors have done a lot through visual composition, art direction, sets and interaction between the artists and what a lot they have done. After a long time, such a series came, in which I felt like watching all the episodes in one go, and then I felt like watching some scenes again and again.
Hush Hush is neither edgy like Mirzapur, nor involved in mind games like Paatal Lok, nor based on the inner politics of a mysterious world like Inside Edge. Hush Hush is perfect in itself. This is a universal story. It has nothing to do with time and space. You will not feel incomplete in any of its scenes. Chandan Arora has to be praised that his editing is so fine that just when the scene is dissolved, the breath comes in the breath and on the same fade in, the expectation of a new adventure or a new feeling starts. Chandan also edited the web series Escape Live and the film Cut-Putli for Disney + Hotstar. His years of experience can be seen here. Such a big cast, such a great story and if even a single scene looks unnecessary then it is the fault of the editor. Sandalwood is perfect. The color palette with which cinematographer Shaz Mohammed has shot the elite families of Gurugram, and their homes, proves that Shaz is a long race horse. Amazing work.
FIRST PUBLISHED : September 23, 2022, 21:41 IST